Arsenal: Decisiveness is the only thing that matters now

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Final between Arsenal and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) /

Transfer rumors are in full effect and while there are many speculated targets on the market, the only thing that matters is that Arsenal shows decisiveness. 

Today, as any other day during the summer, brings another host of transfer speculation. Arsenal have been linked in what seems like a never-ending saga with Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette. The dream of Kylian Mbappe seems to be just that, a dream. The young Frenchman looks pegged to join Real Madrid and possibly return to Monaco on a season-long loan.

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This really comes as no surprise to me. Mbappe wants to play in the Champion’s League which Real Madrid just won. Not to mention the fact that his own club Monaco just won Ligue 1 and have also qualified for the Champions League. So it seems that the reality of signing Lacazette is truly taking shape.

However, for me, the name on the back of the jersey matters little in this case. While Mbappe is definitely a tasty proposition, his signature never really seemed plausible.

Per whoscored, Lacazette was the second top scorer in France last season. He has muscled his way back into the international team and was locked in for a transfer to Atletico Madrid. His value seems obvious to me but for some reason, many supporters still hold suspicions over him and his £60 million price tag.

I really don’t care.

Arsenal is in a state of limbo. News that there will be no structural shake-up has angered the fan base and once again called into question the board’s ambition. Right now the only thing that matters is decisiveness.

What do all big clubs have? Decisiveness. When it comes to signing new players or resigning old ones, big clubs make decisive moves to get definitive results. Take a look at Bayern Munich. They wanted Serge Gnabry, we all knew it.

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Now, look at where our once bright talent has ended up. Look at Chelsea, they are moving on from one of the most menacing strikers in England. A player who has performed for them over the years and helped them to two titles. They broke up with Diego Costa via text. That may be cold, but it was decisive.

Manchester City, while I hesitate to call them a big club, has already gone out and snatched up Bernardo Silva and have cut away excess dead wood with ruthless efficiency.

We can even look at a club like AC Milan, who are under new ownership and are looking to stake a claim in Serie A and in Europe. The Italian sleeping giants have splashed the cash on some big players while also locking up some of their best contributors.

Arsenal needs to replicate what these clubs are doing and get their business done swiftly and efficiently.

The way we attract players and implement them into our system is more important than the price tag or from what league they play in. Yes, we should only be going after the top talent in the world, but more importantly getting the business done in a way that sends a message to the players and the fans is what counts.

Arsenal was once one of the most decisive and savvy clubs in Europe. The days of snapping up players like Denis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry are behind us. Remember the ruthless Arsenal that snagged Sol Campbell on a free transfer?

Yes, the club has brought in Sead Kolasinic and that is a positive sign. However, to put the misfortunes of last season and erase the memory of the sloppy business of last summer (and the lack of business the summer before that), they need to continue to press the issue.

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The contract situations of Mesut Ozil and most importantly Alexis Sanchez need to be resolved also. There is a mountain of work to be done in the red half of North London and the sooner Arsenal stop dithering and start making some serious moves the better.